Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Tibetan Mystical Art
Any visitor to a Tibetan temple will be impressed by the large number of female images that appear in wall frescos and tangka paintings, as well as in the form of sculptures and other mediums. This strong role of the feminine in Tibetan mystical art is common to the chapels of monasteries and nunneries alike as well as communal meditation hermitages and stands in sharp contrast to the predominance of male images seen in the temples of most other Buddhist countries. But who are these female buddha forms and what do they represent? What is their place in Tibet's rich spiritual, philosophical and artistic worlds? This book is a pioneering attempt to find answers to these important questions. It includes over a hundred full colour plates of Tibetan masterpieces from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Collections. These stand as testimony to the exhilarating beauty of the tankgas and other works as well as to the amazing skill and transformative vision of the traditional master artists. Part One also features photographs of Tibet by acclaimed photographer Marcia Keegan. The book includes an appraisal of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism and an overview of its prominence in Tibetan art by Tibetologist Glenn H Mullin. The book appears in conjunction with the world premiere of the art exhibit, 'Female Buddhas: Women of Enlightenment in Tibetan Mysticism', which opened at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta and is traveling to several locations around the country.
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Amitayus Arya Tara Atisha Avalokiteshvara bliss bodhisattvas body buddha karma Buddha Shakyamuni central century Chakrasamvara chapter color consort dakinis dance depicted detail from tangka Dharma Protectors Dharmakaya dharmapalas disciple Dorjey eight emanations energy female buddha Five Healing Sisters four Gelukpa Heruka Chakrasamvara Hevajra Highest Yoga Tantras holds inches indicating infinity/emptiness Kalachakra Karma Kargyu lineage masters lotus Machik Labdon mahasiddha male mandala mandala deities Marichi mind monastery monks mudra Nairatmya Naropa Nyingma one's Padma Sambhava painting Palden Lhamo Panchen popular practice practitioner Prajna Paramita primordial principal recitation represents ritual Sakya School Samantabhadra schools of Tibetan sexual union Simhamukha sits skull cup spiritual Sutra symbolizes tangka Tantric Buddhism Tantric system Tara Who Protects teachings Tibet Tibetan art Tibetan Buddhism tion top center tradition transmission Twenty-One Taras Ushnisha Ushnisha Vijaya vajra Vajra Dakinis Vajrabhairava Vajrakila Vajravarahi Vajrayogini White Tara wisdom wrathful Yab Yum Yeshey Tsogyal Yidam